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A Family Man (2016)

R | | Drama | 28 July 2017 (USA)
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A headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, battles his top rival for control of their job placement company -- his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family.

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Mark Williams

Writer:

Bill Dubuque
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gretchen Mol ... Elise
Alison Brie ... Lynn
Anupam Kher ... Dr. Singh
Dustin Milligan ... Sumner
Maxwell Jenkins ... Ryan
Julia Butters ... Lauren
Mimi Kuzyk ... Bernadine
Dwain Murphy ... Antoine
Kathleen Munroe ... Toni
Jess Berry ... Dottie
Tim Hopper Tim Hopper ... Tommy
Ethan MacIver-Wright Ethan MacIver-Wright ... Nathan
Dylan Roberts ... Bob
Russell Yuen ... Recruiter #1
Romaine Waite ... Recruiter #2
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As the boss (Willem Dafoe) of a Chicago-based headhunter prepares to retire, Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler), who works at the Blackridge Recruiting agency arranging jobs for engineers, vies to achieve his longtime goal of taking over the company going head-to-head with his ambitious rival, Lynn Vogel (Alison Brie). However, Dane's 10-year-old son, Ryan (Maxwell Jenkins), is suddenly diagnosed with cancer and his professional priorities at work and personal priorities at home begin to clash with one another. Written by LuzerneCountySheriff

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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The sequential timeline of this movie's writing, planning, and creation took place over the course of six (6) years as: The screenplay was written in November 2012 by screenwriter Bill Dubuque. Three (3) years later, it was then announced On September 2, 2015 that Gerard Butler would both star and executive produce the family packed drama with film producer Alan Siegel and also the film's own debut director Mark Williams. Voltage Pictures then of which came on board to handle the international sales for the film. Principle photography was filmed in December 2015 and additional photography was filmed from early 2016 to mid 2016. The movie was then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada in September 2016. Distribution for the film took all the way from mid 2016 to early 2017. Finally, the film was slapped with a theater date of July 28th 2017. See more »

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Lou Wheeler: All families got problems but you only got one.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Written and performed by Simon Miminis
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There's nothing terribly exciting about it, with the creative bar set that low
1 August 2017 | by kaptenvideo-89875See all my reviews

Ah, the new movie starring Gerard Butler, the poor man's Clive Owen, always up for some good all-American entertainment that makes you think but also makes you smile. This one's about a headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in survival-of-the-fittest boiler room. He battles his top rival for control of the company, but then his oldest child falls seriously ill. Also starring, Gretchen Mol as the loving but ever-suffering wife, Willem Dafoe as the ruthless boss, Alison Brie as the rival and Alfred Molina as the token solid supporting male character. First and foremost, „A Family Man" is a genre movie, which means it's produced and put together of clichés in hope of finding a suitable mainstream audience. The approach is pretty solid one, using several drama subgenres in order to appeal to wider circle of cinema-goers, including sick child story, a middle class American success story, finding yourself again story and some „Wall Street" type high-octane competence porn. The execution is actually pretty solid too. The able cast are doing their darndest best to act through all the material, and there's a lot of it. 108 minute movie may feel quite a bit longer, at least for those who have seen way too many movies to take all these clichés and workmanlike storytelling seriously. On the other hand, those who still watch movies as just a nice way of passing time, or aren't tired of bland dramas made of middle- class dreams and aspirations, can definitely find some entertainment here. They don't even have to think how to feel because the movie manipulates you in all the right directions at the right time. I am taking a wild guess that "A Family Man" is most suitable for girlish audience, but it will also surely feel in the right place when it's 2 am and you're desperately trying to find something new to watch with Butler starring in it. He's a doing a fine job too, the whole result relies on his manly charm and grunting. All in all, there's nothing wrong with „A Family Man". It's just there's nothing terribly exciting either, with the creative bar set relatively low and all. I hope I didn't sound too ironic here or something, I quite liked the movie for what it is.


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28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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